A couple of months ago I blogged about "75 things to buy your children for Christmas that aren't toys". I've taken that to heart and decided that my kids are not getting toys for Christmas. With the exception of one $10 Skylander character, everything they get will be either electronic, educational or an experience. And I think it will be the best Christmas ever.
I have also done a good bit of research about gift boxes. I'm obsessed with my own monthly Ipsy and Birchbox subscriptions and thought it would be fun to get my kids a subscription. It's the gift that keeps on giving all year, much like memberships. If you're looking for a creative gift to give this year, check out these kid-friendly subscriptions.
Age Range: Kids aged 3-8
Price: Starting at $23/month
Pittsburgh-based Bramble Box is the newest subscription to enter the market. Founded by local mom Morna Pollack, Bramble Box offers kits that are meant to nurture children's imagination. Each kit has all the materials required for hours of fun, imaginative role play.
Age Range: Kids aged 5-10
Price: Starting at $13.75/month (free shipping)
Another Pittsburgh-based, mom-owned business, My Stitch Kit is a subscription box focused on hand sewing. Each box comes with all of the materials and directions needed to sew a new project each month. Video tutorials are also included for the non-sewers.
Age Range: Kids aged 3-7
Price: $19.99/month (free shipping)
Kiwi Crate sends a monthly box with a different theme each month (themes include dinosaurs, gardening, space, etc.). Each box includes materials for 2-3 crafts such as art, science, games, imaginative play, etc.
Age Range: All Ages
Price: Starting at $24.95/month (plus shipping)
Gift Lit is the gift of reading. GiftLit's experts will carefully choose books for your child based on age range and preferences.
Age Range: Kids aged 3-12
Price: $11.95/month (plus shipping)
Little Passports aims to teach about traveling and new cultures. Each month kids will receive a box full of information and maps from a certain location. Kids will get activities, stickers and a passport to teach them about languages, traditions and new cultures.
Age Range: Up to 4 years old
Price: $22.95/month (free shipping both ways)
Sparkbox is a little bit different than other subscription boxes. Instead of a box to keep, kids will receive a box filled with four age-appropriate toys that they can play with for 30 days and then return for a new box of different toys. All toys are sanitized and shipping is included both ways.
Age Range: Kids ages 4 and up
Price: $19.95/month (free shipping)
Kidstir is perfect for the foodie kid. Each fun cooking kit comes with step-by-step recipes, educational pages, fun activities and a kid-sized utensil.
Age Range: Kids ages 2 and up
Price: $15-30/month (free shipping)
Pley is described as the "Netflix" of Legos. Just like Sparkbox, kids are shipped a Lego kit to play with and when they are finished they send it back for a new box.
Age Range: Girls aged 5-12
Price: $22/quarter (boxes sent once every three months)
CandiGirl is perfect for girls. You pick a theme (sporty/tomgirl, girly girl or bookworm) and your daughter will receive a customized box of goodies each month. Boxes include things like journals, makeup, nail polish or sporting equipment.
Age Range: Kids aged 6+
Price: Starting at $11.67/month (plus $6 shipping)
LootCrate is for the gamer child. Each month includes a themed crate (Battle, Fear, Heroes, etc). Crates include 6-8 items like characters, clothing, candy, books, etc.
Age Range: Kids aged 3-10
Price: Starting at $17.95/month
Green Kids Craft boxes include award-winning eco-friendly Discovery Boxes, Creativity Kits and STEM Science Kits.
Each kit will contain 3-4 activities.
Age Range: Newborn to age 5
Price: Starting at $22/month (free shipping)
Citrus Lane offers gift boxes geared toward babies/toddlers and preschoolers. Boxes include toys, books, household products, snacks and more.
Age Range: Kids aged 5+
Price: $29.95/month (free shipping)
XPlore box is a STEM-centered gift subscription including fun science projects to make, build and experiment. Boxes include kits, toys and goodies.
Age Range: Kids ages 6+
Price: Starting at $11.25/month (plus $3 shipping)
Space Scouts is designed to engage your chilld in hands-on activities and exciting challenges. Each month they will receive a space box exploring the world of space science, exploration and astronomy.
Age Range: Kids aged 3+
Price: Starting at $11.25/month (plus $3 shipping)
Animal Trackers Club is specifically designed for pre and beginning readers. Each month kids will "track" a new animal through instructional materials designed to encourage hands-on learning.
Age Range: Kids aged 3 and up
Price: Starting at $17.95/month (free shipping)
The Happy Trunk sends themed gift boxes each month (themes include Paint Party, Sun & Sand, Butterflies, etc). Boxes include all them materials and instructions for engaging arts & crafts activities.
Age Range: Kids aged 9-14
Tinker Crate is a monthly box of STEM activities designed for kids 9-14+ to build problem solving skills. Kids will receive the Tinker Zine and one STEM project that includes all the materials and instrucuctions every month.